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    BAY Area Dragons coach Brian Goorjian tipped his hat off to Meralco after the Bolts dealt the guest team just its second loss in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, 92-89, on Friday night.

    The champion coach of the Australian national team said the Bolts deserved the win, noting how they outrebounded the Dragons, 58-44, and committed less turnovers, 14-8.

    But Goorjian lamented how the breaks didn’t go the Dragons’ way down the stretch, mentioning the missed eight-second infraction by the referee against the Bolts with 10 seconds to go and the Dragons down by just three points.

    [READ: PBA to punish blunder refs after Meralco win]

    “A couple of tough breaks for us too, at the end,” said the Bay Area coach.

    “A nine second or 10 second (violation) in the backcourt, and it’s a one-point, two-point game,” he noted. “Again we know that if it's close, that kind of thing is a big aspect."

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    Goorjian was referring to the second-to-the-last play of Meralco after Raymond Almazan rebounded the ball following Glen Yang's missed three-pointer with 21 seconds left.

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      With the Dragons harassing the Bolts, Meralco failed to bring the ball past the halfcourt line until there was only nine seconds left in the clock.

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      The PBA later admitted that the referees erred in not calling the eight-second violation.

      The Dragons were forced to foul to stop the clock and Goorjian was seen contesting the no-call after calling a timeout.

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      The veteran coach also brought up the three-second violation called on Andrew Nicholson with 58 seconds to go and Meralco up by a point, 90-89, and the line violation whistled on the Bay Area import that negated his second free throw with 2:21 to go and the Dragons holding on a three-point lead.

      “The free throw situation. We have to look at it. I don’t see what they see,” said Goorjian.

      “The games that we’ve won, we’re pretty much in control. But when it’s the type like that, down-the-wire, things like that make a difference.”

      But Goorjian said the Bolts deserved to win, noting they outplay the Dragons, who remained on top despite the loss with a 6-2 record.

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